Sport Climbing’s Debut Will Have to Wait.

Article by Pete Sancianco

In an unprecedented decision, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a joint statement with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee declaring that they would be postponing the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo Japan, which was originally supposed to begin on June 24, as a precaution to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the climbing community, this means that they will have to wait to see Sport Climbing make its debut as the organizations stated, “beyond 2020, but no later than summer 2021.”

Rumors circulated after the IOC convened on Sunday, March 22 to discuss the possibility of postponing the event and one of the senior members, Dick Pound made a statement on Monday, March 23 that by the end of the meeting, they had agreed they were going to move forward with the postponement, but would take the time to look into the ramifications of this decision and come up with a plan before making an official statement.

To put this into perspective, the Summer Olympics has NEVER been postponed since they began in 1896 and were only cancelled 3 times due to World Wars I & II (1916, 1940, and 1944 respectively).

While we don’t envy the task the IOC has before them, the entire world seems to be in agreement that the health & safety of the entire population of the human race has necessitated the need for such drastic measures.

While a setback for sure, a delay doesn’t mean a cancellation as we wait patiently as a community for the end of the pandemic to come and for everyone to go back to their normal lives before these difficult times.

UPDATE: The IOC has announced the new dates for the Olympics will be from June 23, 2021 to August 8, 2021.

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